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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Kansas gets "F" grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation.
    No surprise there, as many of the states controlled by the republicans are failing in the integrity...SNIP
    What I thought was even more interesting was the 11 states that flunked, with an "F" grade.
    Eight ( 8 ) of the 11 states are republican controlled. Two of the other 3 states just elected a democrat this year, Pennsylvania and Oregon.
    Doesn't say a lot about how these republican controlled states run their government.
    State Integrity 2015 | Center for Public Integrity
    Actually Oregon has been Democrat Governors since 1987, Goldschmidt. He had some problems that came to light late in his term about thinking with the little head that involved a minor in his early political career. Fast forward to 2015 when Kitzhaber resigned because he to was thinking with the wrong head too. The "First Girlfriend" and him had some serious problems with using political influence. Then he had the gall to try to get the State to pay for his legal defense. Fortunately that got shot down.

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Without making another thread, I thought I should including this story about Kansas and the republican GOP stronghold on politics there.

    A bill declaring that Kansas Supreme Court justices can be impeached for meddling too much in the state Legislature's business cleared its first big hurdle toward passage Thursday.
    The Republican-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a voice vote, sending it to the full chamber for debate. It's the latest in a series of measures from GOP conservatives in recent years that have put Kansas at the center of a national effort to remake state courts.
    GOP conservatives have pushed in recent years to eliminate the commission that screens applicants for Supreme Court vacancies and allow the governor to make the appointments directly, subject to Senate confirmation. The change would give the governor and lawmakers more control over the appointments.
    Kansas conservatives advance bill on impeachment of judges

    This bill seems to me as an attack on the sitting judges and the process to which they were appointed. Or, in other words, a way for the sitting republican governor to appoint his own party controlled puppets.

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    More on Brownback's failed experiment.
    Now he blames the revenue forecasting system.

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking improvements to the revenue forecasting system after the state's monthly estimates became overly optimistic during the past year.
    The state missed revenue targets for 11 out of the past 12 months, and long-range forecasts have been downgraded during the past two years.The governor's critics say that it isn't the estimating process, but the state's tax policy, that's at fault as revenues continue to drop. But Republicans have asserted that the national economy is to blame.

    In February, for instance, revenue was $53 million off estimates. The 15 percent difference was the largest miss since April 2014.
    Somethings wrong ... not enough money coming in ... couldn't be those tax cuts ... must be something else.

    Kansas governor seeks changes to revenue estimating process / LJWorld.com

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    Brownback is now postponing the pension payment for state employees. This is just another is the long series of steps that will lead to economic disaster in Kansas thanks to a republican "cut and slash" program.

    Gov. Sam Brownback's administration notified the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System on Friday that it would delay a $92.6 million payment into the pension fund that is due to be paid on April 15.
    The delayed payment is not expected to impact KPERS beneficiaries, which include teachers and other state employees.Delaying the payment, though, will give the state more flexibility to deal with shortfalls in state funding, but will do so at a cost because the KPERS payment is required to be repaid with interest.
    That provision, however, also says any delayed payment must be repaid no later than Oct. 1, with 8 percent annual interest, which is KPERS's average rate of return on investments.

    So far this fiscal year, the state has collected about $81 million less in taxes than was projected in the most recent revenue estimates published in November. Revenue estimaters will meet again April 20 to revise those estimates.
    So they are withholding money that must be paid back, with interest. 8% is a nice return.
    Any bets they will miss the payment ?

    Brownback delays $92.6 million KPERS payment / LJWorld.com

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Sam Brownback declares war on Kansas: This is how extremists gut a state — and democracy


    The guy is a lunatic! Right up there with Scott Walker.
    Gov. Sam Brownback’s march to zero income taxes, combined with legislation designed to weaken public services and wrest control away from local government, are hollowing out the very aspects of government these committees focus on. Public education certainly seems targeted to be greatly supplemented by, if not outright replaced by, private education.

    We see this in other states as well. For some time now, model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans For Prosperity (AFP) and other libertarian / ultraconservative organizations has been used as the template for bills in states with varying levels of ultraconservative control. Such templates have been developed on everything from taxation and fiscal policy, to energy and the environment, to health and human services.
    It’s been increasingly bleak in Kansas since Brownback was elected in 2010. But Kansans are starting to wake up. Grassroots organizations like Game On for Kansas Schools, Women for Kansas, Moderate Party of Kansas, Mainstream Coalition and others are getting their message out across the state, and people are listening. More and more Kansans are stepping forward to challenge these ultraconservative legislators in the primary and general elections. I’m hopeful that after the fall elections, Kansas’s legislative landscape will have changed enough to halt progress on the ultraconservative agendas; maybe, dare I say, even form a veto-proof coalition on certain issues. I’m also hopeful that our legislative committee names will no longer have to serve as memorials to what’s being displaced or destroyed.
    Sam Brownback declares war on Kansas: This is how extremists gut a state — and democracy - Salon.com

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    This puke is financed by the movement that bean subscribes to. Another union busting pile of excrement.

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Even his fellow republican friends are deserting him.
    As they should, he has just about destroyed Kansas with his right wing republican ideals. Just like many other republican governors, Jindal and Christie. Failures in their policy to cut and slash.

    After he became Kansas governor in 2011, Sam Brownback slashed personal income taxes on the promise that the deep cuts would trigger a furious wave of hiring and expansion by businesses.

    But the "shot of adrenaline" hasn't worked as envisioned, and the state budget has been in crisis ever since. Now many of the same Republicans who helped pass Brownback's plan are in open revolt, refusing to help the governor cut spending so he can avoid rolling back any of his signature tax measures.

    If Brownback won't reconsider any of the tax cuts, they say, he will have to figure out for himself how to balance the budget in the face of disappointing revenue.

    "Let him own it," Republican Rep. Mark Hutton said. "It's his policy that put us there."
    Last month, Brownback ordered $17 million in immediate reductions to universities and earlier this month delayed $93 million in contributions to pensions for school teachers and community college employees. The state has also siphoned off more than $750 million from highway projects to other parts of the budget over the past two years.
    Sounds like a classic case of kick the can down the road. Must have got instructions from Christie on that.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/kansas-la...055057812.html

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    Mr. Brownback should be proud to know he is now rated the worst governor in the country.
    Of course, some others on the list, to no one's surprise, include Mr. Christie of New Jersey.

    It’s probably a good thing that Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas has no illusions about being Donald Trump’s running mate.

    Among all 50 governors in the country, Republicans and Democrats alike, Brownback is saddled with the lowest public approval rating, according to a new national survey by Morning Consult. Only 26 percent of Kansas voters approve of Brownback’s job performance, and 65 percent who say they don’t.
    Least popular:
    Sam Brownback, Kansas (R) – 26 percent approval rating
    Dan Malloy, Connecticut (D) – 29 percent
    Rick Snyder, Michigan (R) – 32 percent
    Chris Christie, New Jersey (R) – 36 percent
    Paul LePage, Maine (R) – 38 percent
    Good job guys !

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bring-...194800457.html

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    Default Re: Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Mr. Brownback should be proud to know he is now rated the worst governor in the country.
    Of course, some others on the list, to no one's surprise, include Mr. Christie of New Jersey.



    Good job guys !

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bring-...194800457.html
    Brownback??? Just another Tea Party Republican!!!

    GOP Governors like this guy have caused more 'DAMAGE' to our Country than ISIS Terrorists could ever dream of doing.Take your pick;Scott Walker-Rick Snyder-Bobby Jindal-Mike Pence-Bruce Rauner-Rick Scott,the Governors of the former Confederacy,and the remainder of the Republican Governors across the Country.

    People must remember that the Republicans think that 'EDUCATION' is the pathway to being a Liberal,not surprisingly they would 'CUT' money for Education.As long as Republicans can keep potential voters Uneducated,it ups their chances for re-election in the future.It is the 'PEOPLE' who willfully ignore what their own eyes and ears tell them about Trickle Down Economics.The Economy in Kansas went into the 'TOILET' in a mere 4 years,yet Brownback is still the Governor and Kansas will regret even further in the next 4 years.

    Somewhere,The Koch Brothers are Smiling!

    Dorothy needs to click her Ruby Slippers and Get the Hell Out of Kansas!!!!

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